Pomeranz reportedly agrees to modest 1-year deal with Giants

John Tomase
January 23, 2019 - 3:29 pm

Timing in baseball is everything, and Drew Pomeranz's was pretty terrible.

A year ago, the left-hander was coming off a 17-win season. This year, though, injuries limited him to a 2-6 record and 6.08 ERA.

That fall from grace was reflected in free agency, with Pomeranz reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Giants on Wednesday, according to KNBR's Larry Krueger.

Acquired from the Padres for top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza at the 2016 trade deadline, Pomeranz had an up-and-down tenure with the Red Sox. He arrived as damaged goods, with the Padres ultimately disciplined by MLB for withholding medical information. The Red Sox declined to reverse the trade, because they needed the arm.

Pomeranz blossomed in 2017, though, going 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 174 strikeouts in a career-high 32 starts.

The momentum did not carry into 2018, though. Pomeranz was limited to 11 starts and never found his footing. He reached the sixth inning in only two starts and spent most of April, all of June, and virtually all of July sidelined with forearm and biceps injuries that dropped his fastball into the upper-80s.

Pomeranz made the World Series roster, but did not appear in a game.

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